Buhari ignores Boko haram body count, insists on December deadline

By Amako Nneji October 14, 2015 17:13

Buhari ignores Boko haram body count, insists on December deadline

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he is fully confident that Boko haram’s ability to attack, seize, ravage and hold any Nigerian territory will be completely obliterated by the end of this year.

He spoke during an audience with the Commander of United States Africa Command, David Rodriguez, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

At the weekend, 41 people were killed and another 48 injured in triple explosions in Baga Sola, on the Chadian side of Lake Chad, where Nigeria meets Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

On Tuesday, multiple blasts ripped through the city of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital claiming several lives.

Earlier, the insurgents claimed responsibility for three suicide attacks in the satellite towns of Kuje and Nyanya in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, a day after the 55th independence anniversary, which killed a total of 18 people and injured 41 according to official reports.

Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said that with greater support from his administration in terms of improved training, equipment, logistics and welfare, the Nigerian Armed Forces were now well positioned to meet the December deadline which they have been given to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

Buhari seized the opportunity of Gen. Rodriquez’s visit to restate his appreciation of the United States’ support for Nigeria’s efforts to overcome terrorism and insurgency.

      He said: “We must thank the United States of America for sending training teams and equipment to us. The positive results of our collaboration are evident.

“Structured attacks by the insurgents have reduced and by the end of the year, we should see the final routing of Boko Haram as an organized fighting force.”

Buhari also appealed for greater cooperation from the U.S in securing the Gulf of Guinea through which stolen Nigerian crude oil is shipped abroad.

Amnesty International, AI, in its report revealed that the boko haram insurgent have killed at least 1,600 people in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon since Buhari’s assumption tom power in May 29.

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